In this seminar we will examine classic theories the avant-garde, canonical histories of avant-garde film, and contemporary scholarly works. Our central objective will be to explore how theories of the avant-garde simultaneously present models of history, while we will also consider how the inclusion (or exclusion) of the film medium transforms or challenges purportedly resolved questions in the theory and history of vanguardism. Designed to span the 20th century, this seminar will consider topics ranging from the historical European avant-garde, the first film avant-gardes, the neo-avant-garde, New Wave film movements, structural film, and contemporary moving image practice. Authors may include P. Bürger, R. Pogolli, P.A. Sitney, J. Kristeva, G. Marcus, R. Krauss, B. Buchloh, M. Calinescu, and others. Attendance at all screenings is mandatory. MAPH students may enroll with instructor’s consent.